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WINCHESTER, MA-As the dog days of summer take hold in the suburban Boston commercial leasing sector, one local firm is proving to be a landlord’s best friend in the northern tier. PetEdge has renewed two industrial leases exceeding 200,000 sf here and in neighboring Woburn after recently committing to nearly 50,000 sf in Beverly for use as the firm’s new headquarters.

“They are a great story,” says broker Greg Klemmer, the head of Klemmer Associates who handled all three leasing assignments for PetEdge. The company, which also recently expanded to Las Vegas, touts itself as the nation’s largest business-to-business marketer and manufacturer of pet care supplies and equipment. “The growth has been absolutely wild,” Klemmer says.

The larger of the two renewals was for 120,000 sf at 45 Holton St. in Winchester, a 200,000-sf property owned by Tighe Warehousing Inc. PetEdge also renewed for 84,000 sf at 485 Wildwood Ave. in Woburn, an industrial asset owned by Island Rock LLC, run by investor Larry Whitten. Broker Austin Smith negotiated for the landlord in the Wildwood lease.

PetEdge had considered other options in northern Massachusetts before deciding to stay put in both buildings, explains Klemmer, who declined to discuss financial details about the agreements. The headquarters deal at 100 Cummings Center in Beverly is for 48,000 sf, and has a five-year term. Cummings Properties of Woburn is owner of the office complex, a major business park situated just off Route 128.

PetEdge president Andrew Katz says the relocation to Beverly was necessary due to his firm’s rapid expansion, with PetEdge previously in a 35,000-sf property on Route One in Danvers. “Thanks to Klemmer Associates’ expertise in the North Shore commercial real estate market, we were able to find the best location offering the most flexibility,” Katz says of Cummings Center. Klemmer Associates is now listing the former facility for sale, Katz says.

While many industry brokers have reported a torpid July and start to August, with many deals seemingly in limbo until after Labor Day, Klemmer says he is encouraged by the level of activity experienced by his firm in the past two months. Several leases are pending, as are some substantial sales, both for office and industrial product. “Everything is coming together at once,” he says.

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